a simple guitar tip

I got this little comment on one of the pages in the 7-Day Transformation course the other day, which I thought I’d share with you:


“G’day Dan Thorpe from down under, 

You asked a question when I purchased your course.

I am 76 years old and have struggled with the guitar ever since I bought one in Granada Spain around 1975 while backpacking, and subsequently tried to teach myself to play. What a disaster! I ended up giving that guitar to my niece who says she still has it.

Since then I have purchased three guitars and a ukulele. I have also had one on one tuition. I kinda can play a tune hidden behind the vocal. I know a few chords and can strum a few, but nothing that makes playing enjoyable.

Well I have started your beginners course and WOW, you have certainly nailed it, no more death grip, the guitar feels comfortable in my hands, no more sore fingers that make you put it down and not return until the burning stops. Holding and using the pick has always been a problem for me, now it is a treat.

I am so happy I have found your course and once I have got a good handle on the content I will back up for Fingerpicking 101. Fingerpicking is a skill I never thought I would master but I am sure it will be enjoyable and I look forward to doing your course in the near future. 

The basics you have given me make me excited to pick up the guitar and practice.


John Kearnes


It’s certainly my pleasure.

I love it when students see fast results from my lessons.

Admittedly, most results take time and focused practice (as with anything in life), but there are certain fast fixes like this.


The tip John is talking about is in the very first lesson on Day 1 of the 7-Day course.

It still surprises me a little just how simple this tip is, but how few people know of it.

…Especially guitar teachers.

After all, John has had one-to-one lessons elsewhere, but they didn’t work for him.


In fact, without sounding big-headed, I think there are a lot of guitar teachers out there who should be taking this course, not just students.

I say that not with arrogance, but simply because if the teachers were to be aware of the importance of such things as ending the curse of the death grip once and for all…

There would be many, many far happier guitar students out there in the world.

Anyway, here’s the link to find out more about this extremely inexpensive course (which costs a fraction of a private lesson).

Find out more about the 7-Day Transformation Course


Have a great day of practice and remember…

It’s never too late to make big progress on the guitar.

Keep at it and you’ll see results!

Dan Thorpe

Guitar Domination


P.S. This post was originally taken from Dan Thorpe’s private email list. To get blog posts like this sent to you which are full of great tips to make fingerpicking, strumming, and learning guitar more enjoyable (especially if you are over 40) join Dan’s list. It’s 100% free, HERE.

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